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December 3, 2009

New oatmeal!!!

People have raved about Scottish Oatmeal to me for years. I’ve tried steel cut oats and don’t really care for them – they are too grainy and I prefer creamier rolled oats.

However, Bob’s Red Mill recently sent me a bag of Scottish oats to try out. I’m not sure why I decided to open them this morning, but I am so glad I did! They are the perfect hybrid of multi-grain cereals and rolled oats. They have the blendedness of cereals and the sweet, doughiness of rolled oats – the best of both worlds. SCORE!

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I cooked 1/4 a cup on the stove with 2 parts water/1 part milk plus a whole banana and a pinch of salt. Ready in 5 minutes!

Mix-ins included a sprinkle of cinnamon and vanilla.

Toppings included a few tbsp of Crunchy Coconut Granola (also BRM!), sweetened coconut and a big glob of melty Barney Butter.

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Perfection!! Loved the sticky sweetness of the oats, the crunch of the granola and the savory love of the BB.

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Stimulation:

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Today is going to be a bit happy busy:

  • Work on the computer
  • Sculpt
  • Quick shower
  • Lunch with an old friend
  • Prep dinner
  • Commute
  • 3 hour class
  • Commute + conf. call
  • Dinner

Hop to it!

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1 Betsy December 3, 2009 at 8:56 am

I love all BRM products! My local Job Lot carries their products for a reduced price! It’s so great! THey have a really nice line of gluten free mixes which I love because one of my best friends has celiac and I always bake one of BRM mixes when we have get togethers so she can eat, too!

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2 Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) December 3, 2009 at 8:57 am

I agree that steel cut oats are just “okay.” Sometimes I enjoy their nuttiness, while other times I just want the creaminess of rolled oats.

I’m a huge fan of Bob’s Red Mill…I use their cornmeal alll the time for my cornbread, and love it. :D I’ll have to give their scottish oats a try too!

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3 Jocelyn December 3, 2009 at 9:01 am

love scottish oats :)

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4 Jessica @ How SWeet It Is December 3, 2009 at 9:01 am

I really like steel cut oats, and have always wondered about the scottish oats.

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5 Food Makes Fun Fuel December 3, 2009 at 9:05 am

I’ve never heard of scottish oats but sounds awesome!

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6 Pam December 3, 2009 at 9:05 am

B safe and have fun!

Enjoy!

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7 Madeline @ Greens and Jeans December 3, 2009 at 9:07 am

I love the Scottish oats! My dad used to make us those for breakfast every day!

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8 Meg @ Be Fit Be Full December 3, 2009 at 9:07 am

I am not a huge fan of the steel cut oats either because of grainyness (if that’s a word). The Scottish oats sound good and I love BRM!

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9 Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 3, 2009 at 9:07 am

Bob’s Red Mill is the best! Haven’t tried (or seen!) scottish oats, but I’ll have to be on the lookout for them!

Have a great day ;)

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10 Julie @savvyeats December 3, 2009 at 9:08 am

I’ve never actually heard of scottish oats, but I think I need to try them now!

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11 Erin December 3, 2009 at 9:08 am

Yum, I love Scottish oats! You’re absolutely right about the consistency. :)

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12 Estela @ Weekly Bite December 3, 2009 at 9:13 am

I actually prefer scottish oats over regular old oats…

I got burnt out of steel cut oat ;)

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13 Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar December 3, 2009 at 9:13 am

Hurry up! Don’t forget to relax while you’re out, too =]

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14 Sarah Jayne December 3, 2009 at 9:14 am

You had me at “dough”! Bobs red mill is the best!!!!

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15 Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life December 3, 2009 at 9:15 am

Looks great! I’ve never tried Bob’s red mill, but I just might have to after reading your post :)

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16 Kristie Lynn December 3, 2009 at 9:17 am

I’ve never tried Scottish Oats, but your description of them makes me want to try them! I’ve never met an oat I didn’t like though :-P

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17 Kelly from Bridges and Bites December 3, 2009 at 9:21 am

I’ve never tried Scottish oats either. Hm, maybe I’d like them. Enjoy your class!

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18 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers December 3, 2009 at 9:26 am

i’ve tried irish oats but never scottish… sounds good. i love anything creamy!

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19 Cait (Cait's Plate) December 3, 2009 at 9:26 am

I’ve never tried Scottish Oats I don’t think. I wish I could eat oatmeal. It always seems to upset my stomach but I always drool over your delicious bowls!!

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20 Morgan @ Life After Bagels December 3, 2009 at 9:26 am

your oatmeal always looks more delicious than mine – probably because you have a fabulous kitchen table and I usually photograph my food on the floor!

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21 Jo December 3, 2009 at 9:41 am

Sorry I am scottish and these comments are making me laugh!!! Porridge is such a traditional scottish dish and I love the idea that people haven’t heard of “Scottish Oats” – then again in scotland they are just bog standard Porridge oats.

I remember leaving you a comment over a year ago that you should try traditional porridge oats – at long last! I said they were good!!! have you tried pinhead oats? They are good too – you probably have but they are just called something different in the US.

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22 Kath December 3, 2009 at 9:42 am

I want to come to Scotland :) I was in Glasgow and Oban and Isle of Mull and Iona in college and want to come back and eat the porridge for REAL this time!!

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23 Jo December 4, 2009 at 9:06 am

YOU SHOULD COME!!!! Did you not go to Edinburgh?? If not, then you HAVE to come!!

To be fair, I doubt the porridge you would eat would match your oat concoctions – they make me drool everyday!

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24 K December 3, 2009 at 9:42 am

The new oats sound fantastic! I need to open my world to different varieties. I only have had quaker oatmeal and oat bran!

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25 Beth @ DiningAndDishing December 3, 2009 at 9:51 am

I am a big fan of Scottish Oatmeal too! Sticky is an awesome texture for oats :O)

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26 Kat December 3, 2009 at 9:53 am

Hi Kath!

I found your blog through a friend’s, and have really enjoyed reading it! I even got my own french press a few days ago, I liked your video so much! :-)

I know you adore oats, but no matter how hard I try to eat any kind of oatmeal for breakfast I just can’t seem to get into it. I have a very savory craving palate, and did not know if you could recommend any quick, healthy and savory breakfasts?

Thanks a lot for your help!!

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27 Kath December 3, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Well, I’m really the wrong person to ask because I am all about the carby breakfasts :) What about omelets, frittatas, english muffin sandwiches, dinner for breakfast, some kind of blended soup (squash?pumpkin?), eggs served over oats?

K

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28 Jo December 4, 2009 at 9:08 am

Kat – do you know the traditional scottish way of eating porridge is just to have it with a pinch of salt? I.e savoury…. I would choose having it sweet but you might like it.

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29 Lauren @ Eater not a runner December 3, 2009 at 9:54 am

I saw those in the supermarket and was wondering about them…I might have to give them a shot!

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30 Hillary December 3, 2009 at 10:01 am

Just finished off a bowl of rolled oats, but I guess I should give the Scottish version a try : )

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31 Lindsay December 3, 2009 at 10:02 am

I’ve seen those Scottish Oats around but never tried them…. Good to know that the Oatmeal Queen herself likes them, so they must be good :-D

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32 Amanda @ Cakes and Ale December 3, 2009 at 10:04 am

When I studied abroad in Scotland, I ate Scottish Oats every single day. Although, we called it porridge there! It’s the only way to go when you are facing the dreary, cold, wet Scottish winter outside! Gives you fortitude!

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33 Joelle (The Pancake Girl) December 3, 2009 at 10:14 am

Bob is an oat master, I’m pretty sure. Have a great day !

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34 Allison K December 3, 2009 at 10:15 am

Kath,
I was reading your Breathe article on beauty products the other day. I picked up some Covergirl Eyeshadow in Tapestry Taupe….LOVE IT! Such a great subtle color!

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35 Kath December 3, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Yay!! I need to buy more!

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36 MelissaNibbles December 3, 2009 at 10:19 am

All that’s missing from your breakfast is bagpipes.

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37 Carolyn December 3, 2009 at 10:20 am

I recently tried steel cut oats and really enjoyed them. But, I rarely have time in the mornings to make them.

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38 Rose December 3, 2009 at 10:33 am

I love Scottish oats, but I rarely eat them! Yours look great.

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39 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) December 3, 2009 at 10:34 am

I actually love steel cut oats and traditional Scottish oats – I love the nutty, chewy textures. I cannot get enough oats in all varieties – rolled, cookified, YUM!

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40 skinnyrunner December 3, 2009 at 10:39 am

yeah for stimulation (coffee)! im drinking some right now.

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41 Stacey December 3, 2009 at 10:43 am

yum yum yum! hope you have a good day :D

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42 Naomi (onefitfoodie) December 3, 2009 at 10:52 am

never tried scottish oats! thanks for teh amazing review, gonna get myself some today :)

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43 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg December 3, 2009 at 11:08 am

Looks like a busy day! Have a good one :-)

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44 Christine December 3, 2009 at 11:15 am

As someone who can’t have gluten Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free oats and flours fill our cupboards :) I was excited to see you reviewing one of their products! I’ll have to see if there is a gluten free version of the Scottish oats

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45 Kristi December 3, 2009 at 11:15 am

I Love Bob’s Red Mill Products- I seriously haven’t found one that I didn’t like. I acutally really like the steel cut oats. However, I did add more water than the directions stated and I added a ton of fruit and pumpkin to give it more volume. Thanks for sharing!

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46 Chelsea (Chelsea's Chew and Run Fun) December 3, 2009 at 11:19 am

That crunchy coconut granola looks like the PERFECT oatmeal topper. I already enjoy granola and coconut separately on my oats, so why not kill two birds with one stone? Thanks for the review of Bob’s oats, I feel the same way as you regarding Irish Oats, so those that you had this morning sound a bit more promising.

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47 Marla December 3, 2009 at 11:22 am

YAY for scottish oats..for me they outshine rolled oats and steel cut.
(I am sure the true Scottish laugh at the name -hee hee!)

Now if I could find a bulk store to buy them in I’d be set money wise!

Scottish oats…mmmmm! yum! I really can’t go back to rolled oats(and honestly don’t like steel cut!)

Welcome to my world ;)

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48 Freya December 3, 2009 at 11:33 am

I felt the same way about steel cut oats at first, but they’ve kind of grown on me. But I do have to make more than the 1/4 cup they recommend in order to feel full, and I do miss the creaminess of rolled oats too… So those Scottish oats sound like a PERFECT mix! I have to ask — what’s the buzz about Barney Butter? I can’t find it in NY to try it!

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49 Kath December 3, 2009 at 4:13 pm

It’s just a really good roasted almond butter.

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50 Mary December 3, 2009 at 11:55 am

Is there a huge difference between regular old-fashioned oats and scottish oats?

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51 George December 3, 2009 at 11:58 am

Hey Kath,
Being Scottish I’m a bit biased, but there is nothing better breakfast-wise than a bowl of Scot’s porridge oats or oatmeal on a cold winter morning. My 99 year old Irish grandmother adds a teaspoon of honey to hers, she swears its helped her to live to be an almost-centenarian.
Ive never tried oats with nut butter or coconut, must give it a whirl, thanks for the inspiration.
Love reading your blog, beautiful pictures.

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52 Kath December 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm

I will have to eat them more! Sounds like oats are the key to a long life :)

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53 Paige(Running Around Normal) December 3, 2009 at 12:02 pm

Aw, I love steel cut oats! This sounds very intriguing though.
I love that you called your day happy busy :) Have a great one!

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54 Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries December 3, 2009 at 12:30 pm

I’m a big fan of steel cut–but I also loooove multigrain so this sounds great!

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55 Missy Maintains December 3, 2009 at 12:36 pm

I must try Scottish oats now! They look very good! Have a great day!

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56 Chrysta December 3, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Yummy! I love steel cut oats…sounds fantastic. Have a super day!

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57 Tania @ Moment Anew December 3, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Hmmm…I think I’ll have to give those a try! :)

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58 Katie December 3, 2009 at 1:26 pm

Hi Kath, I have a question. I see a lot of protein-pushers out there. If I need to gain weight but not do any exercise (possibly for another 6 months or more) should I be more focused on protein at EVERY meal ? For example, at times I might have a bunch of beans with bread and avocado-salad for a main meal, with a walnut-chocolate-chip brownie on the side, and some other things that are essentially protein-vacant. Is this okay? Or should I have a lean protein source at EVERY meal? If not exercising?

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59 Kath December 3, 2009 at 4:16 pm

I really can’t tell you one way or another without being all professional RD and doing a diet analysis (which I am not yet qualified to do) but beans have protein! So does bread. A cup of avocado has 3 grams. So you are getting a good amount of protein at that meal. So as a non-protein pusher, I say it’s fine. But again, that’s just my opinion.

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60 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope December 3, 2009 at 1:34 pm

I’ve actually never tried steel cut OR scottish oats. I’ve heard they have a very different taste and texture than old fashioned oats, so I’d love to give them a try one of these days!

Good luck on the to-do list!

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61 Chelsea December 3, 2009 at 1:50 pm

I think I’m making some oats for breakfast tomorrow. Those look GOOD!

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62 Jenna December 3, 2009 at 1:54 pm

great new oatmeal!!
jenna

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63 Pat December 3, 2009 at 2:45 pm

I like oats! no matter which kind, though I agree the three are different. Cook’s Illustrated did a comparison in one of this year’s issues, and says there is a difference even between brands of rolled oats.

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64 Karla December 3, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I’m out of oats! Maybe I’ll try some scottish oats this time around!

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65 Cat December 3, 2009 at 3:47 pm

Yum! Those look good! I have a banana freezing in the freezer for a green smoothie, and now I have these Scottish oats to look forward to trying, too!

Have you seen Wicked, the musical? I head it was wonderful. Kristin Chenoweth, Glinda in the musical, was on Rachael Ray today, and I thought of you. :)

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66 Kath December 3, 2009 at 4:16 pm

Not yet!

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67 Lisa @bakebikeblog December 3, 2009 at 4:13 pm

I have never heard of scottish oats – but they look great! I love the idea of adding coconut too :)

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68 Katy @ These Beautiful Feet December 3, 2009 at 4:36 pm

Mmm I have to try Scottish oatmeal now, the way you described it sounded perfect! I’ll have to pick some up this weekend. :)

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69 lynn (The Actors Diet) December 3, 2009 at 7:16 pm

very intrigued by these oats! i don’t really care for steel cut either

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70 Meggilizz December 3, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Mmmmm Scotch Oats sounds delicious!! I figured they’d be just like SCO, guess not!! :)

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71 Brittany December 3, 2009 at 9:36 pm

Bobs Red Mill and I have the same initials. I thought that was cool! :)

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